The film is a musical journey through Angola at war. “Mopiopio” shows the toughness of everydaylife, and how, despite war, life goes on. In the streets, in dance halls, or in clubs, we get to meet Angolese musicians that tell us about their inspiration and their pride in their music, from semba to kiduro and kizomba.
At the age of 15, Vitorio was recruited by force in the Angolese army. After having fought for twenty years, he is demobilized. During one of his last missions, he stepped on a antipersonel mine and had to suffer a leg amputation. Having waited for months, he finally receives a prosthesis. But his prosthesis is stolen...
Some fought on opposite sides in the war which ravaged Mozambique. Others were civilians, and for them, the demining work is an alternative to unemployment or a life of crime. Living all together in tents, they are indeed a very special group of men.
Four stories cross in a Mozambican village. Stories about the importance of a water can, a well that gets broken, a lonely hunter, a bird that in his cage becomes a portable radio… And in all of them there’s dignity, pride and laughter.
Two boys with different experiences and goals meet up in a sprawling African market. One is looking for a job, to get back what was stolen from him and return home. The other will do anything to avoid having to go back with his family. They become friends and together they reinvent the world.
a film by Julio Silvão Tavares. Batuque is an art of Cape Verde, mixing rhythm, dance, and songs that women perform since slavery times even if forbidden by the Portuguese. If you live in the US, please select NTSC format.